Adam CEO hits the ground flying

The aircraft company's newly named leader has two big tasks at hand: speeding up production and certifying a planned-for jet

What he's doing: Chairman and chief executive at Adam Aircraft; joined Adam in February as board member, lead director and board liaison

Career highlights: 39 years in aerospace; began his career at McDonnell Douglas Astronautics Co. in St. Louis; named vice president, general manager of McDonnell Douglas Electronics; executive vice president of McDonnell Aircraft; named senior vice president of Douglas Aircraft in 1989, responsible for various commercial aircraft and the launch of the MD-95, now the Boeing 717; chief operating officer of Fairchild Dornier in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany

Education: Bachelor of science in electrical engineering, master of science in electrical engineering and doctor of engineering from University of Missouri at Rolla

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